WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two area fire departments are making a long-time partnership official.
The West Lafayette and Purdue Fire Departments have a history of providing mutual support for each other. Now, both chiefs have signed an Automatic Aid Agreement. This means each department responds no matter where the emergency is in the city.
Purdue Chief Kevin Ply says as the city's population grows, there is a need for more firefighters ready to go.
"It gets more resources coming, additional firefighters on the fire ground. It makes it safer for the firefighter. It makes it safer for the community," Ply said.
West Lafayette Chief Tim Heath said Purdue is one only ten universities to have its own fire department.
"We're fortunate to have them here. With our close proximity, over the years we've worked well together and putting this agreement together is basically a no-brainer," Heath said.
Ply says both departments also train together many times a year.